View Full Version : Pre-Med Students To Watch Drinkers At Frat Parties

02-02-2005, 02:40 PM
BOULDER, Colo. -- A University of Colorado pre-med student is taking an innovative approach to preventing deaths from binge drinking.

Anthony Rossi and a handful of other trained undergraduates will be available starting in the next couple of weeks to staff fraternity parties. They'll be there to help students who may be suffering from alcohol poisoning or drug overdoses.

The pilot program is called Student Emergency Medical Services and will be a fully licensed collection of volunteer CU students with certifications in emergency medicine.

CU's vice chancellor for student affairs, Ron Stump, said the organization runs parallel to administration efforts to educate students about recognizing dangerous situations.

The motivation for Rossi, a founding chaplain of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, is preventing a repeat of what happened on Sept. 16, when CU freshman Lynn Gordon Bailey died of alcohol poisoning at the Chi Psi fraternity.

Bailey died with a blood-alchol level of .328 percent after attending a fraternity initiation where pledges were driven up the mountain and told to drink large amounts of wine and whiskey. When he passed out later that evening, his fraternity brothers scrawled sexual and racial slurs all over his body.

"When Gordie died they thought, 'Oh, he just passed out,"' Rossi told The Denver Post. "If you had somebody there that just saw this and checked his breathing, checked his pulse, they would have noticed that this guy was in a really dangerous place."

Student Emergency Medical Services also plans to train regular Greek members about basic warning signs of alcohol poisoning. While campuses around the country offer similar programs, it is believed that CU's Student Emergency Medical Services would be the first group to target parties.

Rossi said the organization is still finalizing contracts, but party hosts would most likely be asked to sign a waiver clearing Student Emergency Medical Services of liability. Once on the job, volunteers would provide a sober presence -- acting as first responders between partyers and emergency personnel.

"We are not at all there to police a party," Rossi said. "We are not there to tell people what to do. ... We are there to simply recognize (problems) and save lives."

Rain Man
02-02-2005, 03:01 PM
Do you have a link for this? It's kind of cool.

02-02-2005, 03:03 PM
Do you have a link for this? It's kind of cool.


02-02-2005, 03:06 PM
Bailey died with a blood-alchol level of .328 percent...

what a wuss...

02-02-2005, 03:08 PM
When I read the thread title I was immediately reminded of the first Onion article I ever read. "Study Finds Binge Drinking Kicks Total Ass!" (or something to that effect)

It was hilarious. Unfortuately, now to access the really old stuff in the Onion archives you have to have a paid membership. :(

02-02-2005, 03:17 PM
Sweet. Someone ripped it off.

Study Finds College Binge Drinking To Be A Blast

AMHERST, MA—Researchers at the University of Massachusetts released a surprising new study Monday indicating that, contrary to long-held beliefs about its destructive effects, collegiate binge drinking is a ****ing blast.

"Data collected at bars and fraternity parties on the UMass campus has yielded unexpected conclusions with regard to the practice of binge drinking," study head Dr. Albert Greaves said. "Over the course of our research, a consistent pattern emerged demonstrating that binge drinking seriously kicks ass."
Campus Watch

"There was this one bar called The Depot, where they serve beer in these humongous three-foot glasses that are like giant boots," Greaves continued. "You have to stand back and tilt the thing to drink it all. Our team conducted an experiment to see who could finish one off the fastest. Myself, Dr. Milton Laurian and these eight 20-year-old test subjects lined up against a wall and started chugging away. After completing the test and subsequently throwing up all over the place, I could only conclude that downing huge-ass boot beers is really awesome."

Added Greaves: "That was the best ****ing study."

The 250-page report comes as a surprise to the many medical researchers who had previously found binge drinking to have a host of negative effects. A 1996 Johns Hopkins University study concluded that binge drinking is a destructive scourge on college campuses that can lead to alcoholism, drug abuse, sexual assault and alcohol poisoning. But in the wake of the UMass study, the Johns Hopkins researchers and others have been forced to revise their conclusions.

"It appears that our study would have benefited greatly from first-hand observation of the binge-drinking phenomenon," said Dr. Caroline Worsted of Johns Hopkins. "Our failure to go out and collect primary data at bars and off-campus house parties until all hours of the night skewed our findings, preventing us from accurately measuring just how much fun it is to get ripped."

According to Greaves, much of the UMass team's research was conducted at a party at this one guy Matt's place. "My colleagues and I were doing beer bongs, keg-stands, Jell-O shots, Jager shots—you name it," Greaves said. "We were totally binge drinking and just having a great ****ing time. The best part was the crowd—the study was packed, and there was this amazing random sampling of hot chicks. I was so drunk, I couldn't figure out what the source of the unusually large hot-chick sample was, but by that point, I really didn't care."

When the keg was tapped, Greaves and his team went looking for a place to gather more data. "We heard there was this awesome study on Church Street, but we didn't have the address, so we just went wandering around," Greaves said. "We eventually wound up walking into this complete other study where we didn't know anyone. Unfortunately, it turned out to be totally lame—most of the people there were in the non-drinking control group. We had fun for a little while busting on them, but pretty soon we split."

Among the UMass team's findings: A 10-ounce serving of Jack Daniels can be consumed 30 percent faster when accompanied by shouts of "Go! Go! Go! Go!"; the bathroom at The Lightning Lounge is a popular place to throw up; and when Dr. Andrew Schmid drinks five Long Island iced teas, he lies down in the street and starts singing the chorus to The Dream Academy's "Life In A Northern Town" at the top of his lungs.

"Dr. Schmid is what we scientists term a ****ing booze monster," team member Dr. James Podriewski said. "This one time, we needed a whole bunch of Wild Turkey and tonic water for a study that was just getting going at midnight, so we sent him out to this store that's open until 2 a.m., and we're waiting for, like, hours until he finally comes back, and he doesn't have any of the stuff, but he's carrying this big ****ing railroad-crossing sign, and he's all like, 'Guys, check out the sign I found.' It was funny as shit. I swear, I was laughing so hard, I almost left a urine sample all over my pants."

Podriewski, addressing reporters in front of a massive pyramid of empty laboratory beakers, called the study "a major success."

"That was seriously the best study I've ever done," Podriewski said. "I don't know what those New England Journal Of Medicine people were talking about when they did that 1996 study in conjunction with the Department of Education that found binge drinking to be even more dangerous and destructive than previously believed. As far as I could tell, binge drinking rules."

Above: University of Massachusetts researchers Dr. Albert Greaves (fourth from left) and Dr. James Podriewski (second from right) gather data on binge drinking.

02-02-2005, 03:20 PM
"That was the best ****ing study."